Music – Shantanu Moitra
Lyrics – Swanand kirkire

1. All Izz well – A ‘subah ho gayi Mamu’ siren wakes up the listener with Sonu nigam going ‘na na re na’ and almost lazily pulls you to the soothing guitar notes with a chorus which will faintly remind you of mere mehboob mere sanam from the movie duplicate. Bang! comes Sonu nigam telling you what to do when life goes out of control (and you can hear Swanand kirkire shouting ‘all izz well’ in a rural tone in the background!). A song tailor made for Aamir Khan and you can almost feel it when Sonu dives into ‘shivering’ and other similar verbal effects to endorse the feel of the lyrics. Awesome ‘student-like’ whistle adds to the ‘boy’ feel of the song. A hilarious reference to the incense sticks is thrown in for good measure…Pure fun! that’s what the song is. Must admit I was expecting a bit of ‘ten teden’ effect but then I wasn’t disappointed with what the song is. (Do hear Shaan making a brief appearance exactly after 3.53 minutes in the song)

2. Zoobi Doobi – A cute and harmless Shreya Ghoshal describes the romantic weather when almost immediately (but lazily) Sonu nigam picks up the tempo of the song and with the ‘pal pal pal pal har pal’ (from lage raho munna bhai) beat takes you to an immensely romantic-fun filled song. The beat is quite similar to the song i have mentioned from Lage raho but the tune is just so adorable that you will fall for it (if you like the music and are not hell bent on doing a ‘critique’ of it, by the way). The simplicity of the lyrics and the Caribbean pronunciation of the word ‘Mann’ by our own Sonu the God Nigam will take you by surprise and you shall dance..dance with a couple who is ‘in the moment’ and is enamored by the feel that they are feeling exactly as it is shown in ‘films’. Hear it to know what I mean!

3. Behti Hawa sa tha Wo – Shaan starts the song reminiscing about a guy who was as carefree as a summer breeze or a kite but has suddenly disappeared. Melody of the song is bound to caste a spell on you but thankfully it doesn’t overpower the vocals since this song wants more emphasis on the words and not the accompaniments. You can’t help but feel that at times Shaan has produced a ‘child reciting poem’ effect. Again simple lyrics with a heart piercing flute will hijack your senses. Has to be a defining song and without going too much into the details of the song, I urge you to give this song a patient hearing because the story of this film is embedded wonderfully well in the lyrics. The song ends with faint notes of Piano leaving you quiet. Just quiet.

4. Give me some sunshine – Sharman Joshi realizes that he (and lots of people like him) have wasted their lives and ask for a moment where they can ‘live’ and not ‘survive’. Suraj Jagan (yes the same singer who rocked ‘Zehreelay’ from rock on and sung the theme song of ‘hijack’) comes soothing to the ears with guitar in background. The chorus comes out singing ‘na na na na na’ (will remind you of any live version of cuts like a knife from bryan adams though). I will refrain from what Sharman Joshi says in between the song because I don’t want to spoil your fun. All I can say is that this would surely become an ‘anthem’ for a lot of students in the days to come. Aha! Did I miss the lovely electric guitar and soothing piano as well? Check out this song people to know how soothing group singing can be.

5. Jaane nahin dengey hum – Sonu nigam slowly whispers that he won’t let his friend leave. Yes quite ably telling us a turn in the story of this film. The tune of the song is one that will pump the adrenaline and the lyrics will make you teary eyed. Just hear the magical use of the word ‘Saaley’ (which guys use in friendly banter off and on). You are bound to smile when Sonu nigam uses this slang. I can bet. I can’t help but feel this song will deal with a suicidal student not scoring well in the exams which will be somewhere in between. I say this because a lot of Raju Hirani films’ story lines are pregnant with sub-plots (Jimmy shergill in MBBS and the son deserting his father in Lage raho Munna bhai)…but then I won’t mind being wrong.

6 and 7 – Remixes of Zoobi Doobi and All Izz well – Totally hearable with loads of DJ effects. My pick between the 2 is all izz well remix since it has the perfect ‘guy’ feel.

Finally

We all know that Raju Hirani’s films have a good soundtrack which matures and peaks by the time we see them on the big screen. 3 Idiots has a similar soundtrack, but I dare say couple of songs like ‘All izz well’ and ‘Zoobi doobi’ are bound to make a considerable splash before the movie releases. Shantanu Moitra is fast becoming synonymous with melody and thankfully this custom continues here as well. A special word for Swanand Kirkire – You rock dude!!

Pick this album for simple and honest listening, because simplicity never goes out of fashion, thankfully

Peace and equanimity